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Monday, January 14, 2013

National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago



When visitors first enter the museum, they will hear a sound like wind chimes coming from above them and their attention will be drawn upward 24 feet to the ceiling of the two-story high atrium.

Dog tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War hang from the ceiling of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010. The 10-by-40-foot sculpture, entitled Above & Beyond, was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Steinbock.


The tens of thousands of metal dog tags are suspended 24 feet in the air, 1 inch apart, from fine lines that allow them to move and chime with shifting air currents. Museum employees using a kiosk and laser pointer help visitors locate the exact dog tag with the imprinted name of their lost friend or relative.

EVA 

11 comments:

River said...

What a fabulous idea! I don't think Australia has anything like this. Of course I haven't looked into it, so can't be sure. My ex, the first one, is a Vietnam Vet, I don't have his current address, but I can get it and would love to print this out and send it to him. He was very young when he went over, lied about his age, and came back very troubled. I met him when he'd been back a few months.

Brian Miller said...

wow...what a stilling sight that must be....

Yamini MacLean said...

This is one of the best memorials ever. I swear I can hear them right here in Mumbai. Thank you for sharing it Eva.

"River" - The Aussie War Memorial in Canberra is pretty impressive, but as I am sure you are aware, Viet Vets have had a hard time getting recognised appropriately.

As a cousin of mine is a vet of Desert Storm and suffers desparately, I do wonder how our modern servicefolk are going to be served in their turn.

Again I applaud this post and thank you once more Eva for something so poignant.

Jeannine Breton said...

Very nice Eva. That must be "emotional" to see all those dog tags..gave me chills....you know me I get chills when the " Star Spangled Banner" is played! I cannot imagine. I wonder how many people are aware of this....I have to share..

A Beer For The Shower said...

Wow, that's amazing. Never heard about this. Should have checked that out when I was visiting in Chicago instead of shoving my gob with all those awesome pizzas and Chicago dogs.

Or... I guess I could have done both. :)

Stephen Hayes said...

A lovely idea. I'd like to see this someday.

Candice said...

Wow, that's an awesome way to honor fallen soldiers. I'd love to see it!

Sue said...

I never knew about this. What a cool exhibit and memorial.

Thanks for telling us about it.

=)

Nancy Thompson said...

Wow! Each one is human life, given in service to in the name of freedom. How profound in it's simplicity and beauty. Incredible!

fishducky said...

So simple & yet so moving--you made me cry!

Pat said...

That must be quite a site. I've never heard of this museum; will definitely put it on my list for places to visit. Jim would certainly want to see this - me too!